NATO keeps killing Afghan civilians

This video from the USA says about itself:

Iraq War Veteran Who Rescued Children in 2007 Apache Attack Describes Toll of Witnessing Killings

Democracy Now!, October 7, 2010

Iraq war veteran Ethan McCord was one of three US soldiers who were on the ground during the Apache helicopter assault on twelve civilians in Baghdad in 2007 that was captured in a video released by WikiLeaks. McCord is seen on the video carrying one of the wounded children in his arms to get medical help.


Nato Air Strike Kills 3 Civilians in Kunar

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 July 2011 13:42

At least three Afghan civilians were killed and another was wounded in a Nato air strike in eastern Kunar province on Monday, local official said.

Fazlullah Wahidi, governor of Kunar confirmed the incident and said it happened at 04:00 pm local time in Hamcha area of Wata Poor district of the province.

Nato has not yet commented about the incident.

It happened as on 23 July five Afghan children were injured, some seriously, in a strike by a British attack helicopter.

The children were working in a field in Helmand province when they were hit by stray bullets from an Apache gunship which was targeting the Taliban.

They were accidentally strafed by a burst of fire from the chopper’s devastating 30 millimetre cannon as the aircrew went after insurgents entering a mud-walled compound.

British officials are investigating the incident which is likely to focus on the accuracy of the Apache’s cannon and the speed with which they fire.

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  1. Jailed Afghan kids need health, study help – official

    ReutersBy Michelle Nichols | Reuters – 1 hour 24 minutes ago

    KABUL (Reuters) – Across Afghanistan there are about 850 children in juvenile rehabilitation centres who lack access to adequate food, health and education, and there is inadequate coordination among aid groups trying to help, a senior official said Tuesday.

    Mohammad Seddi Seddiqi, head of the Juvenile Rehabilitation Centre department at the Ministry of Justice, said the services provided by government ministries to centres around the country were failing their young charges.

    “The juvenile rehabilitation centres are facing some challenges for example … lack of access to adequate food, lack of access for children to health services,” Seddiqi said.

    “Services provided by the ministries are not adequate. There is lack of access to gymnasiums and libraries, we don’t have social workers with experience to work with us … there is a lack of coordination with organizations providing help.”

    Seddiqi was speaking at the opening of a vocational training workshop and gym at a Kabul centre, funded by the Italian government, and appealed to aid groups to coordinate work through the Ministry of Justice to avoid duplicating projects.

    After 30 years of conflict, Afghanistan is one of the poorest countries in the world, where children make up half the population, a quarter of children die before the age of five and the average Afghan life expectancy is 44 years.

    The number of children in rehabilitation centres for various offences accounts for a tiny percentage of Afghanistan’s 15 million children. Experts say up to 40 percent of children work to help their impoverished families.

    “Children have been the most vulnerable class of our society, who lost their parents and who lost the opportunity to get an education,” said Mohammad Yousef, director of Aschiana, a group that works to help educate street children.

    “If they are breaking the law there are different reasons, for example psychological problems, security problems, economic problems that the parents could not take care of their children,” Yousef said at the Kabul centre.

    He said more training opportunities needed to be offered to children in a bid to stop them breaking the law and ending up in one of the centres.

    (Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Robert Birsel)


  2. MoD ‘enemy’ duo in immigration quiz

    12:39pm Wednesday 27th July 2011

    © Press Association 2011 »

    Two Afghan nationals employed to act as Taliban fighters on a British military base have been arrested after claims they are illegal immigrants.

    Officers from the Ministry of Defence Police and the UK Border Agency made the arrests at Rollestone Camp on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire.

    An MoD Police spokesman said: “On Tuesday 26 MoD Police in conjunction with the UK Border Agency carried out an intelligence-led operation on Salisbury Plain.

    “MoD Police officers arrested two people on suspicion of immigration offences.

    “Both suspects were taken to a police station and handed over to the UK Border Agency.”

    The Afghans were employed by an outside contractor and were on short-term contracts, the MoD Police spokesman said.

    It is understood their wages would be paid by the MoD through the contractor.

    They had been hired to act as enemy fighters during training exercises for troops preparing to be deployed to Afghanistan.

    During the exercises they were given prop weapons as they launched mock attacks on the troops.


  3. Engineers servicing Apache helicopters to strike

    Engineers at Wattisham airbase in Suffolk, who service Apache helicopters involved in the US-led occupation of Afghanistan, are set to take industrial action in a pay differential dispute.

    Over 100 workers at the base employed by Morson Wynnwith voted overwhelmingly in favour of a strike, as they receive about £3,000 less a year than their counterparts at the firm’s Middle Wallop site in Hampshire.

    According to the Unite union web site, industrial action could take place within the next four weeks.


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